You probably know her as a gangster’s wife on “The Sopranos” and a drug-addicted nurse on “Nurse Jackie.”
Now Edie Falco’s stepped into the role of beleaguered wife and mother Pat Jacobs in the new movie “Landline,” a coming of age tale of a family living in ’90s New York City. Safe to say these folks are not the Cleavers.
And, true to the title, actual phones (aka landlines) are used in the movie, out Friday.
“I remember the ’90s well, and they don’t seem that long ago,” says Falco, who is originally from Brooklyn. “We didn’t have the same type of electronic personal devices we have now. I kind of miss that one-on-one communication.”
Despite the fact that we had more face time back in the day, marital problems such as infidelity — a major theme in this indie — still exist.
“Pat has fallen into a certain comfort level in her relationship,” Falco explains. “I think they got a little lazy. Pat and her husband Alan [John Turturro] are raising two daughters who are branching out on their own. Some couples can move through that, others can’t. You have to tend to a marriage like an organism that needs care like any other.”
We won’t tell you if the Jacobses manage to stay together, but Falco did say making “Landline” was a “lovely” experience.
“Indies like this really generate a kind of camaraderie and kindness that are harder to come by on larger projects,” Falco says. “The script was so smart and good. The characters spoke the way people speak. It seemed very subtle and true to life. I was so impressed.”
Sounds like Falco, who is single and raising two kids on her own, prefers smaller projects. “The Sopranos” and “Nurse Jackie” were intense.
“I loved the schedule of ‘Landline.’ There weren’t people standing over your shoulder, not as much pressure,” says the actress, who still has great memories of playing the two iconic TV characters. “There’s so much more freedom.”
Especially in the costume department. Carmela was high maintenance; Falco’s just not.
“It was fun,” Falco says of her “Sopranos” gig. “The hair, the makeup, the jewelry, the clothing, everything was so over the top. That is so not who I am. It was refreshing to step away from what was familiar to me.”
Next up is another ’90s throwback project: co-starring in Dick Wolf’s “Law & Order: True Crime” NBC anthology, “The Menendez Murders,” about the infamous brothers who were convicted of killing their wealthy parents. Falco plays the men’s real-life defense attorney Leslie Abramson.
“I think there’s a lot that people don’t know about this case,” she says. “Talk about intense! But it’s all good.”